Friday, November 16, 2012
ORNL in the News

Researchers push the boundaries of electron microscopy to unlock the potential of graphene

(Science Codex) Electron microscopy at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing unprecedented views of the individual atoms in graphene, offering scientists a chance to unlock the material's full potential for uses from engine combustion to consumer electronics...11/16

UT and ORNL’s Beacon Named Greenest Supercomputer

(Tennessee Today) UT and ORNL’s supercomputer, Beacon, may not be the fastest but it is the greenest. It was listed at the top of the Green500 which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world...11/14

 

DOE

Department of Energy's ESnet rolls out world's fastest science network

(PhysOrg)As scientific research becomes increasingly data-intensive and globally collaborative, the ability to quickly and reliably share enormous data sets is critical to challenges as diverse as finding cleaner energy technologies, understanding climate change and investigating the nature of our universe...11/13

State & Regional

Tennessee reaction to meningitis lauded by Senate panel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A deadly meningitis outbreak that killed 32 people and sickened more than 460 others could have been a lot worse if health investigators hadn’t acted quickly to identify and recall the contaminated medication responsible for the illness, public health officials said Thursday...11/16

Tennessee, Georgia face steep fiscal fall

(Chattanooga Times Free Press) If the federal government falls off the "fiscal cliff," Tennessee and Georgia will be hard hit because of mandatory spending cuts, according to a study released Tuesday...11/16

National

BP Slapped With Record Fine

(Wall Street Journal) BP LC agreed to accept criminal responsibility for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers and to pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution, the biggest penalty ever levied by the U.S. Justice Department...11/15

Postal Service Reports Record $15.9 Billion Loss

(NPR) The United States Postal Service reported a record $15.9 billion loss in fiscal year 2012. That compares to a $5.1 billion loss last fiscal year...11/15

East Tennessee

Erwin company gets $100 million for Navy fuel

(APl) The U.S. Navy is buying $100 million more fuel from Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin. The plant in East Tennessee has been the supplier of fuel for the Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines since 1964...11/13

 

energy & science policy

Physicist elected to Congress calls for more scientists-statesmen

(Nature) Bill Foster, member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives, wants more scientists in Congress who can bring to bear an analytical mind-set to lawmaking...11/15

President Obama on Outlook for Climate Change Action

(AIP) During his press conference yesterday, President Obama responded to a question about what his administration will do in the next four years regarding climate change...11/15

The U.S. Will Be an Oil Giant Again. But It Won’t Be Energy Independent

(Time) U.S. Presidents since Richard Nixon have obsessed about American dependence on foreign oil—and have proven unable to do much about it...But now, quite unexpectedly, that’s changing...11/15

science & technology

NASA Supercomputer Creates Vividly Detailed Map of Earth's Changing Surface

(Slate) The Earth is an enormous feedback mechanism, every part affecting every other. Computer models like this are a powerful tool in understanding the intricacies of how this fiendishly complex system behaves. And it’s models like this that show us how human activity is warming our globe...11/15

What's The Lightest Metal On Earth?

(Popular Science) The lighter a structure launching into air, the better. That's one of the reasons why ostriches can't fly--because their bones are solid instead of hollow. It's also one of the reasons why researchers at HRL Laboratories created the lightest metal known to man...11/15

Other Stories

New Zealand Tops Our List Of The Best Countries For Business

(Forbes) The U.S. continues to lose ground against other nations in Forbes’ annual look at the Best Countries for Business. The U.S. placed second in 2009, but it has been in a steady decline since. This year it ranks 12th, down from No. 10 last year...11/14

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore

(Wired) You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you...11/15